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Editor's journey


The courage to believe

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Have you ever spoken to someone who flaunts his or her unbelief? If so, you’ve probably heard these words: “I think Jesus taught some good things, but I don’t believe He’s the Son of God. Besides, I just don’t buy into a lot of things in the Bible.”

There are millions of self-professed “seekers of truth” who are on a self-imposed journey to self-discovery. They long to find something “spiritual” that others have not yet experienced. They desire to be among the “enlightened” ones. Unfortunately, their quest for deeper meaning often lures them into false religions that offer nothing more than spiritual placebos.

To them, their search for truth is noble and courageous. “Accepting the Bible’s perspective may help others cope with the challenges of life,” they say, “but we need something more profound and fitting to our lifestyle.”

As a result, they waste years dabbling in dangerous spiritual “techniques” and sampling the latest New Age philosophies. At journey’s end, they discover a treasure chest of confusion and dissatisfaction.

Tragically, the same pride that took them nowhere prevents them from acknowledging that Jesus is the only way to salvation. It requires more courage to retrace their steps and admit their need for Christ than it took to embark on their exploration. They must admit to themselves — and to others — that they have wasted time and searched for peace and purpose in all the wrong places.

The Bible is filled with people who embarked on wayward journeys only to return to God’s waiting arms. They simply humbled themselves before God and asked that He forgive their unbelief and give them a fresh start. In response, the God of grace and mercy granted them the gift of faith; He gave them the courage to believe.

If you have friends who are “seekers of truth,” here are five steps you can take to help them discover Jesus:

1. Pray for them daily.

2. Be authentic.

3. Exercise patience, allowing the Holy Spirit to work in their lives.

4. Be a friend. Spend time with them.

5. Answer their questions openly, without condemnation or accusation.

Hal Donaldson

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